Melanoma mystery: Obese men undergoing immune-therapy survive longer than those with normal weight

Melanoma mystery: Obese men undergoing immune-therapy survive longer than those with normal weight

Obese men with metastatic melanoma who are treated using targeted or immuno-therapies survive for more than twice as long as ...
Should we be treating autism with marijuana?

Should we be treating autism with marijuana?

4-year-old Benjamin is repeatedly smashing his head against the wall. He spins wildly in circles, screeching at full volume. … ...
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Cutting gene therapy side effects by finding a better delivery system to the brain

Researchers have found a structure on the small viruses that deliver gene therapy that makes them better at crossing from ...
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CRISPR as a ‘medical sleuth’: Gene-editing tool could detect Zika, Ebola and cancer

Some of the world’s leading CRISPR labs have, independently, tweaked CRISPR — adding bursts of light here and rings of ...
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Brain-machine interfaces: Biology and body upgrades on the way. How will we handle them?

Upgrading our biology may sound like science fiction, but attempts to improve humanity actually date back thousands of years. Every ...
Epigenetics of exercise: Our muscles appear to have ‘molecular memory’

Epigenetics of exercise: Our muscles appear to have ‘molecular memory’

Our muscles may actually possess a molecular memory in the form of epigenetic marks on our DNA. According to a ...
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‘Unrandom selection’: CRISPR merged with AI (artificial intelligence) may change what it means to be human

Modern medicine and rapidly advancing technology have seen us greatly evolve from the early days of hunter-gatherers, and now the ...
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Perfecting microbes to biomanufacture cells like computer chips

[Researcher Alec] Nielsen heads a startup called Asimov that is trying to automate the design of sophisticated genetic modifications. Its software, called ...
Stop AIDS? Gene therapies target 'almost impossible to cure' HIV

Stop AIDS? Gene therapies target ‘almost impossible to cure’ HIV

Experts say gene therapy could finally be used to treat HIV and AIDS - after a decade of trying to replicate the ...
End ‘yo-yo dieting': Fat-burning molecular switch could block hunger impulse

End ‘yo-yo dieting’: Fat-burning molecular switch could block hunger impulse

Australian scientists have discovered a new molecular switch in our brains that controls fat burning – and by flicking it ...
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Video: Biohacker documents his own DIY gene therapy

DIY gene therapy is far from the mainstream, but the numbers of people who are attempting to genetically engineer their ...
Fossil-like traces found on Mars—How can we know if this is biological life?

Fossil-like traces found on Mars—How can we know if this is biological life?

In early January, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover came across what some researchers thought might be trace fossils on Mars. ... A strictly ...
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Viewpoint: Rethinking scientist Richard Dawkins’ classic book ‘The Selfish Gene’

Richard Dawkins’ 1976 book The Selfish Gene, which topped a poll last year for the most inspiring science books of all ...
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Stop flu symptoms in one day? Experimental pill could be available in the US by 2019

A new medicine can rid flu suffers of their symptoms in as little as a day, but the drug will ...
Should doctors heed ‘do not resuscitate’ tattoos?

Should doctors heed ‘do not resuscitate’ tattoos?

Doctors at a Florida hospital’s emergency department were startled in May [2017] to discover the words “DO NOT RESUSCITATE” tattooed on an ...
Pinpointing time of death for crime victims may be possible through our genes

Pinpointing time of death for crime victims may be possible through our genes

Thanks to an extensive new survey of gene activity in human tissue after death, computational biologists have taken the first ...
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Digging in the dirt may yield new class of antibiotics

It might come as a surprise to learn that dirt, that canonical cause of infection, is also a megafactory for ...
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Bugs as food? They may have played a role in our evolution

Editor's note: Darcy Shapiro is an evolutionary anthropologist at Rutgers University Did you know that what your ancestors ate affects your ...
California may soon label coffee as a cancer risk—more than 100 studies suggest the opposite

California may soon label coffee as a cancer risk—more than 100 studies suggest the opposite

In what's got to be the dumbest idea yet from the nanny state of California (sorry, guys, but it's true), coffee sold ...
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Epigenetics and doping: Steroids may have long-lasting performance enhancing effects

Editor's note: E. Paul Zehr is a professor of neuroscience and kinesiology at the University of Victoria in Canada [Olympic ...
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Genetic engineering will ensure that human evolution will continue–for better or worse

Editor's note: Scott Solomon is an associate teaching professor in the department of BioSciences at Rice University [Feb. 12 was] Charles Darwin's ...
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Evolution of walking: Primitive fish shows key nerves appeared 20 million years before land animals

The genes and nerve cells that allow people and other mammals to walk around can also be found in a ...
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Is there a link between autism spike and ultrasound tests?

[A]s ultrasound use has sharply increased, so too have diagnoses of autism—prompting questions about a potential relationship. A rigorous new ...
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Can we boost memory through brain stimulation?

In a study appearing [February 6] in Nature Communications, [...] a team of researchers succeeded at enhancing memory more reliably, by stimulating ...
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Harnessing bacteria like E. coli to dispense medicines shows promise, but hurdles remain

We’ve already seen the first cellular medicines, human immune cells genetically reprogrammed to attack cancer cells. Now the first bacterial medicines ...
NIH retiring chimps as test animals. What other animal testing reforms are in store?

NIH retiring chimps as test animals. What other animal testing reforms are in store?

Recent tests of car exhaust on monkeys have renewed the debate around animal testing. While researchers say eliminating animal testing ...
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Infographic: Gene editing and CRISPR in action

Much of the excitement around gene editing is fueled by its potential to treat or prevent human diseases. There are ...
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Archaeologist skeptics reject evidence humans settled Americas 130,000 years ago

When researchers made the astonishing suggestion last year that early humans settled the Americas 100,000 years earlier than thought, they asked doubters ...